Note: I started writing this post some time ago, when Bezukhov was still with us. I have decided to continue, with some reworking of the text.
It has been some time since I have commented on friendships & relationships within the flock.
Lennie, Perry, Bezukhov & Dalai
On the positive side, all is well & all are friends. On the ever-so slightly negative side, Perry & Lennie still live separately from Dalai (& Bezukhov when he was with us), though they have outside-cage time together. When Bezukhov was around, their time together was largely monitored, but since his passing, there is less ‘argy-bargy’ (for want of a better word!) It would have been nice if they all lived in harmony in the same cage, but I was content for them to have daytime together.
As far as individual friendships, it is & was, as complicated & confusing as ever, though this may well be par for the course where budgies are concerned!
Bezukhov & Dalai were good friends even though they were very different in character. Bezukhov was easy-going & did not like conflict or court conflict. Dalai believes he is the leader but whereas a true leader would always act for the benefit of the flock, Dalai, it has to be said, is mainly out for himself!
Perry & Lennie have been living together since their quarantine days. They too are very different from each other but get on well as cage-mates. Perry is pretty calm regarding friendships & relationships, whereas Lennie is a bit highly-strung & also can get jealous of others!
When all four of them mixed, we got different temporary couplings:
* Strength of coupling
In a series of posts I will attempt to describe each of the couplings in more detail. In the meantime, enjoy this video of the four of them: